Parapsychology, Frontier Science of the Mind: A Survey of the Field, the Methods, and the Facts of ESP and PK Research

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Chapter 6
Psi Research and Other Related Fields

SINCE this is not a book of interpretation, we do not attempt to go into even the most obvious of the far-reaching implications and bearings of the findings of parapsychology. Although a good case can be made for the view that interpretation is an integral part of a science, it does not follow that the entire picture has always to appear between the same covers. But even while confining ourselves, as committed, to a strictly factual emphasis, there remains the task of reviewing the common research frontiers that have opened up between parapsychology and the adjacent disciplines or problem areas closely enough related to have overlapping interests.

This further review can be seen as a continuation of the two immediately preceding chapters. In them the facts of psi relating to physics were first presented and then the findings relating to general psychology. Now we shall go on to other fields with which psi is less deeply involved than with the two mentioned. Some of the adjoining areas are branches of science while others are fields of practice or professional work. In this survey the aim will be to follow the frontier of the application of psi itself rather than any systematic plan of curricular division.


I. Psi in Practice

Little actual practice survives today that is identified, at least by the practitioners themselves, with psi capacity. As scientific thinking extended its influence over modern cultures, practices that depended upon so "unscientific" a theory as psi seemed to be naturally looked upon with disapproval. This would follow, whatever their merits, especially if, as we should expect with psi, there

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Part I - Present Knowledge 3
  • Chapter 1 - A Field of Science 5
  • Chapter 2 - Objective Research Methods 17
  • Reference 43
  • Additional Reading 44
  • Chapter 3 - The Facts About Psi and Its Types 45
  • Chapter 4 - Psi and the Physical World 66
  • Chapter 5 - The Psychology of Psi 78
  • Chapter 6 - Psi Research and Other Related Fields 101
  • Part II - Testing Techniques 129
  • Chapter 7 - Psychological Recommendations for Psi Testing 131
  • Chapter 8 - Some Basic Psi Test Procedures 139
  • Additional Reading 168
  • Chapter 9 - Statistical Methods 170
  • Tables 189
  • Some Significant Events In Parapsychology 199
  • Glossary 205
  • Name Index 211
  • Subject Index 213
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